It won’t be the first time and I am sure it won’t be the last, but the subject came up again the other day of what makes a good pub.  It creeps up as part of the standard rotation whenever you are with friends having a pint.  I find it interesting that it even shows up in the UK (check out a post here from Tandleman’s beer blog), so the question is an international one as well as a local one. 

Personally, I found one of my favorite pubs when I was in culinary school.  A place called Bob’s Sports Bar up in Grand Rapids.  I don’t remember everything they had on tap (probably 4 handles) except for Leinenkugel’s Red.  You could get a tall for $2.  At one point, I remember watching the winter olympics on one of the 2 tvs after class on a Friday night. 

There weren’t too many frills, I can’t even remember if they had a juke box.  The food was classic bar food, burgers and other oddities from the fryer.  The place wasn’t spotless but it wasn’t really dirty either.  I guess the best way to say it was, it was just a neighborhood bar. 

So my question to you is, what do you want from a pub?  Or better yet, what is it that makes a place your regular place? 

Lets ponder this while we sit with a pint…

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